2021 Italian Olympic Trials: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

ITALIAN SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS (ITA)

Day two finals of the Italian Spring Championships are set to launch in the next 30 minutes or so, with some of Italy’s biggest names racing tonight for international rosters like the Olympic team.

Alessandro Miressi was 48.58 this morning in the 100 free, and the Italian record-holder will try to drop a few more tenths to qualify for Tokyo in the event. Meanwhile, Nicolo Martinenghi and Margherita Panziera each challenged barriers in prelims, Martinenghi going 59.01 in the 100 breast and Panziera 1:00.19 in the 100 back.

After a fantastic battle between Marco De Tullio and Gabriele Detti in the 400 free yesterday, which Detti won, they’ll rematch in the 800 free to kick off tonight’s session. This time, another Italian distance juggernaut, Gregorio Paltrinieri, is set to race and make this a blockbuster heat.

MEN’S 800 FREE – TIMED FINAL (LAST HEAT)

  • Euros cut – 7:53.09
  • Olympics cut – 7:46.09

Top 3

  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri – 7:41.96
  2. Gabriele Detti – 7:46.58
  3. Marco De Tullio – 7:50.98

Italian record-holder Gregorio Paltrinieri set the pace early in his first race of the week, and split a 3:47.96 going out on the first 400. Gabriele Detti was second at the halfway point, a few seconds behind him but a few seconds ahead of Domenico Acerenza and Marco De Tullio.

Paltrinieri’s lead only grew down the back-half, and he finished up with a big 7:41.96, just a couple seconds off of his Italian and European record. Detti was second in 7:46.58, just off of the Olympic cut (though he’s already on the Tokyo roster), while De Tullio ended up winning the race for third over Acerenza in 7:50.98, as Acerenza faded to fourth at 7:53.99.

2003-born Luca De Tullio was fifth in 7:56.01, his first time under eight minutes.

Paltrinieri improves on his world-leading time by almost five seconds, while Detti moves into the #2 spot.

2020-2021 LCM Men 800 Free

2Florian
Wellbrock
GER7:41.7707/27
3Bobby
Finke
USA7:41.8707/27
4Gregorio
Paltrinieri
ITA7:41.9604/01
5Jack
McLoughlin
AUS7:42.5106/14
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WOMEN’S 800 FREE – TIMED FINAL (LAST HEAT)

  • Euros cut – 8:30.09
  • Olympics cut – 8:25.99

Top 3

  1. Simona Quadarella – 8:23.77
  2. Martina Caramignoli – 8:26.02
  3. Giulia Salin – 8:31.35

Simona Quadarella was comfortably under the Olympic qualifying cut, clocking an 8:23.77 to win the 800 free tonight ahead of Martina Caramignoli (8:26.02). Both women are already qualified for Tokyo as it is.

Teenager Giulia Salin was third in 8:31.35, not far from breaking the 8:30 barrier.

Quadarella and Caramignoli now rank #4 and #7 in the world standings this season.

2020-2021 LCM Women 800 Free

KatieUSA
Ledecky
07/31
8:12.57
2Ariarne
Titmus
AUS8:13.8307/31
3Katie
Grimes
USA8:17.0507/29
4Simona
Quadarella
ITA8:17.3207/29
5Sarah
Koehler
GER8:17.3307/29
6Anastasia
KIRPICHNIKOVA
RUS8:18.7707/29
7Kiah
Melverton
AUS8:19.0506/17
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MEN’S 200 BACK  – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 1:57.59
  • Olympics cut – 1:56.49

Top 3

  1. Lorenzo Mora – 1:57.23
  2. Matteo Restivo – 1:57.69
  3. Christopher Ciccarese – 1:58.44

Two men broke 1:58 this evening in the 200 back, with Lorenzo Mora claiming the title at 1:57.23, securing a spot on the European Championships roster.

Second went to Matteo Restivo at 1:57.69, though he was well off of his Italian record time of 1:56.29 that would’ve been under the Olympic cut.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 2:26.09
  • Olympics cut – 2:23.99

Top 3

  1. Francesca Fangio – 2:25.10
  2. Lisa Angiolini – 2:25.16
  3. Ilaria Togni – 2:28.83

This race came down to the touch, as Francesca Fangio was just able to hold off a charging Lisa Agiolini, 2:25.10 to 2:25.16. Both women secure spots on the Euros roster with that swim, though they were both just over a second off of Olympic qualification.

2004-born Ilaria Togni was the third-place finisher in 2:28.83.

MEN’S 200 FLY – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 1:57.19
  • Olympics cut – 1:55.59

Top 3

  1. Federico Burdisso – 1:54.41
  2. Alberto Razzetti – 1:56.10
  3. Giacomo Carini – 1:57.42

Federico Burdisso came just .02 off of his own Italian record of 1:54.39, finishing in 1:54.41. Burdisso was out extremely fast, going 24.8 on the first 50 and turning at 53.1 half-way through. He was 1:23.02 at the last wall, hanging on to another sub-30 split, but the wheels fell off a bit at the end and he couldn’t finish under 30 on the last 50.

Burdisso was over a second better than the Olympic cut, though he’s already qualified. Alberto Razzetti was second in 1:56.10, good for a Euros cut.

Burdisso moves to the world #2 slot with his performance tonight.

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 Fly

KristofHUN
Milak
05/19
1:51.10
2Tomoru
Honda
JPN1:53.7307/28
3Federico
Burdisso
ITA1:54.2805/19
4Tamas
Kenderesi
HUN1:54.3705/18
5Eddie
Wang
TPE1:54.4407/26
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WOMEN’S 100 FREE – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 54.69
  • Olympics cut – 53.69 (relay consideration – 54.38)

Top 3

  1. Federica Pellegrini – 53.86
  2. Chiara Tarantino – 54.90
  3. Silvia Di Pietro – 54.97

Federica Pellegrini dropped a nice swim here, breaking 54 seconds for the 100 free title at 53.86.

17-year-old Chiara Tarantino impressed with the silver here, breaking 55 for the first time to edge out Silvia Di Pietro, 54.90 to 54.97. 19-year-old Costanza Cocconcelli was fourth in 55.06 after winning the 50 free yesterday.

MEN’S 100 FREE – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 48.79
  • Olympics cut – 48.29 (relay consideration – 48.57)

Top 3

  1. Alessandro Miressi – 48.34
  2. Thomas Ceccon – 48.50
  3. Manuel Frigo – 48.83

Four men broke 49 seconds tonight in the 100 free, as Alessandro Miressi came just five hundredths off of the 48.29 Olympic cut.

Thomas Ceccon was second in 48.50, which is a new best for him, erasing his old PR of 48.65 from the Open Championships in December.

Manuel Frigo was third in 48.83 and 50 free champ Lorenzo Zazzeri took fourth in 48.92. Santo Condorelli was out first, flipping at 22.79, but couldn’t bring it home fast enough and wound up seventh (49.15).

WOMEN’S 200 FLY – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 2:09.29
  • Olympics cut – 2:07.59

Top 3

  1. Ilaria Cusinato – 2:09.75
  2. Antonella Crispino – 2:09.80
  3. Anna Pirovano – 2:10.33

Ilaria Cusinato swam a smart race, out-splitting a tight field on the final two 50s to edge out 2003-born Antonella Crispino, 2:09.75 to 2:09.80. After finishing well off of her best in the 400 IM, this was a much better race for Cusinato, who was less than a second off of her best here.

Crispino, meanwhile, takes over a second off of her old best, breaking 2:11 (and 2:10) for the first time.

MEN’S 100 BREAST – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 59.89
  • Olympics cut – 59.39 (relay consideration – 59.60)

Top 3

  1. Nicolo Martinenghi – 58.37
  2. Alessandro Pinzuti – 59.72
  3. Federico Poggio – 59.92

Nicolo Martinenghi obliterated the Italian record here in the 100 breast, taking his old mark of 58.75 down to a 58.37. He was out very hard, going 27.28 on the first 50, and brought it home in a 31.09 for the #1 time in the world this year ahead of World Record-holder Adam Peaty.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Breast

AdamGBR
Peaty
07/26
57.37
2Arno
Kamminga
NED57.8007/24
3Michael
Andrew
USA58.1406/13
4Nicolo
Martinenghi
ITA58.2807/25
5Ilya
Shymanovich
BLR58.4605/17
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Alessandro Pinzuti was also out fast, turning at 27.69, while he and Federico Poggio both went under a minute at 59.72 and 59.92, respectively. Pinzuti hits the Euros cut with his swim.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 1:00.39
  • Olympics cut – 59.69 (relay consideration – 1:00.25)

Top 3

  1. Margherita Panziera – 59.75
  2. Carlotta Zofkova – 1:00.78
  3. Erika Gateani – 1:01.03

Six women pushed the pace early, breaking 30 seconds to the feet on their flip, but Margherita Panziera was unstoppable coming home, back under 31 for a 59.75 final time.

Carlotta Zofkova was the only other finisher under 1:01, taking the silver at 1:00.78.

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swimmerfromcali
5 months ago

Burdisso saw Milak’s swim and was like, “Yes, 24 point going out.”

HJones
5 months ago

What’s happening with Santo? He has taken a complete nosedive since Rio. Maybe needs to get back to training with Vlad in Russia.

whever
Reply to  HJones
5 months ago

He used to train with Vlad in US actually.

HJones
Reply to  whever
5 months ago

I was making a joke about during the quad leading up to Rio, he spent some time training with Morozov in Russia, which is mildly suspicious considering the whole doping thing going on there, and it’s not too common for foreign athletes to choose to train there. Plus, Morozov was listed in the McLaren report (I remember seeing a rumor on SwimVortex that it was because of pot, but this is probably unsubstantiated). I’m aware that they trained together at USC for some time.

Neil Jones
Reply to  HJones
5 months ago

Or rep 🇨🇦 where he had his most success!

PFA
5 months ago

WOW Nicolo Martinenghi with the #3 performer all-time 58.37

whever
Reply to  PFA
5 months ago

Men’s 100 breast is getting absurd.

AnEn
5 months ago

I can’t get excited about great breaststroke times anymore, maybe except for times achieved at the olympics/world championships. You just can’t know who actually uses a legal technique.

HJones
Reply to  AnEn
5 months ago

He’s been DQ’d before for fly kicks. So, take what you will.

nuotofan
5 months ago

This morning Lorenzo Galossi, still 14 (he’ll turn 15 at the end of May), swam an impressive 8.03.19 (in negative split: 4.03.32-3.59.87) in the 800 free, a new Italian age group record for the boys category (under 16 year-old).
Other notes: Burdisso, already qualified for Olympics, didn’t finalized this Champs, so he’s confident to swim faster in Tokyo, whilst Miressi has had, in February, his preparation affected by Covid.

YeahBaby
Reply to  nuotofan
5 months ago

I believe both Burdisso and Galessi are coached by the same coach.

nuotofan
Reply to  YeahBaby
5 months ago

Yes, Simone Palombi

Lopez
Reply to  nuotofan
5 months ago

What’s up with Scozzoli?

nuotofan
Reply to  Lopez
5 months ago

Forced to withdraw from this Champs due to elbow and wrist inflamations ( for someone who understand Italian https://corsia4.it/nuoto/intervista-fabio-scozzoli-verso-tokyo-oltre/ )

Rafael
5 months ago

Italy Free Relay seems a bit slower now.. but the medley relay now seems to be a powerful contender

AnEn
Reply to  Rafael
5 months ago

Contender for what? Russia, GB and the US are still easily better.

Rafael
Reply to  AnEn
5 months ago

Ceccon was already sub-53 Back and might be even better now, Martineghi now 58 low, If codia can go back to his 50 mid-high form or Burdisso go to 51 low they have people capable of spliting 47 low flat

A 52,5, 58,0 51,0 47,0 would add to 3:29:5, not far from medal

AnEn
Reply to  Rafael
5 months ago

Russia vs. Italy:
Russia is roughly 1 second better in the 100 back, at least half a second better in the 100 fly and probably at least half a second better in the 100 free. Unless Chupkov drowns, i see no realistic chance for Italy to beat them. I would rather trust the russian guys to improve than to expect old Codia to get back to his best. Even if Codia/Burdisso swim the same split as Minakov i don’t see Italy beating Russia. Russia also has more depth, Italy probably can’t afford to rest Ceccon and/or Martinenghi.

USA vs. Italy:
I don’t think that i need to spell it out for you?

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Tea rex
Reply to  AnEn
5 months ago

Italy has a pretty young medley if I’m not mistaken. Getting into an Olympic final would be great for them.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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